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Health & Wellness

December 4, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Shipments of frozen COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive at six Garden State hospitals - including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - in the days to come. While preliminary, it will mark a major step on the state’s road to inoculating 70% of the adult population, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but he’ll have to physically distance when he gets here. Medical Director at the New Jersey Department of Health, Edward Lifshitz, said Monday that among other COVID-19 health protocols, this year children should not be permitted to sit on Santa’s ...

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NEW JERSEY — While a statewide shutdown will not be implemented as many have come to expect, that possibility “has to stay on the table,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during his coronavirus press briefing Monday at noon. For now, he has instituted a number of other new restrictions. As of Saturday, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - ’Tis the season to gather with a limited number of friends and family, warmed by the glow of our hearts and hearths during this lingering pandemic. It is also the perfect opportunity to check in with elder family members, many of whom have been socially isolated and stuck at home ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come.  With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Saint Peter's University Hospital will be offering flu shots at Unity Square Community Center at 81 Remnsen Ave. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be observed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for staff ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY - The agency created to address food insecurity in Middlesex County is trying to make sure everyone can enjoy the upcoming holidays with all the trappings – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers will enroll as many as 2,000 participants from the university community and throughout the state to test a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The university is a clinical trial site for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson’s phase 3 clinical research ...

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NEW JERSEY — Indoor gatherings will be subject to new capacity limits in New Jersey starting Tuesday - the most aggressive steps Gov. Phil Murphy has taken in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of Tuesday, no more than 10 people may gather indoors (includes indoor entertainment ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Denise was suffering from excruciating pain, but surgeons said she needed to lose considerable weight before they could perform hip replacement surgery. At nearly 300 pounds and unable to walk, she wheeled herself into the offices at the Weight Loss and Bariatric Center at ...

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The buttoned-up professional world has rarely been considered a suitable setting for employees to open up about their personal feelings, like an imaginary cubical wall blocking the exchange of emotions. One New Jersey-based aging services organization, however, pondered a simple question: Who ...

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NEW JERSEY — A significant set of COVID-19 rollbacks will take effect in New Jersey starting Thursday in the form of indoor dining curfews and ban on interstate indoor youth sports travel. After weeks of high case figures, Gov. Phil Murphy affirmed Monday that “the second wave is here.” The ...

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Governor, health commissioner call on first-line defenders to be ready, urge residents not to ease off on proven precautions like masks, social distancing.  This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic has created critically low blood supplies at New Jersey hospitals, so officials at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Blood Services are urging residents to donate blood or other blood products such as platelets and plasma. With blood collections ...

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First look at state proposal raises questions, such as how providers will maintain its unflagging pace over six months to protect 70% of residents This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy declared Thursday that he’s “back on the field” and ready to resume in-person events after a self-imposed quarantine. The surge of COVID-19 cases, however, also appears to be back. In his COVID-19 media briefing, Murphy all but declared that the long-anticipated ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – As if there was doubt after the state announced that new COVID-19 cases had surpassed 1,000 for the 10th straight day, the head of Saint Peter’s University Hospital confirmed Tuesday that we are experiencing the long-anticipated second wave. The good news for the people of ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Middlesex County Office of Health Services will be offering free flu shots to county residents 6 months of age and over that meet the following set of criteria:  Be a Middlesex County resident (proof of residency is required - including, but not limited to: a valid ...

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Nursing assistants will be limited to eight residents as a means of ensuring safe, effective care, while task force will examine workforce recruitment and retention. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital is now using cutting-edge mammography equipment that has been shown to detect 20-65% more invasive breast cancers than traditional automation. Since the Hologic Genius 3D Mammography has been utilized by the hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center, ...

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BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, entered a voluntary self-quarantine Wednesday afternoon after a senior staff member - who the governor was in close proximity to Saturday - tested positive for coronavirus.  Murphy unexpectedly left a press briefing ...

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BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday in Blackwood after learning that someone who he was in close proximity to on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19. It is unclear how many people the governor exposed over the weekend.  Murphy, 63, was at a briefing ...

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Masks, gowns and other supplies are stockpiled, but some worry about staffing levels amid a national COVID-19 surge. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to ...

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NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors.  “For many of our residents having the ability to serve ...

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Cases are on the rise statewide, but in Lakewood the number is growing faster This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Since ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On the one night each year when shambling zombies and blood-thirsty vampires are everywhere, something much scarier will be lurking. COVID-19 will be a specter hanging over this year's Halloween festivities. Fear not, trick or treaters. Experts say there are still ways ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital recently recognized one of its longtime employees for 60 years of service. Julia Kinsey, supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services, began working in the hospital’s foodservice department when she was just 19. She celebrated her 80th ...

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Some nurses and other caregivers say they’re being forced to choose between their beliefs and their careers. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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